If you drive a Porsche, you’re likely familiar with the unparalleled performance you’ve grown to enjoy from your vehicle. Porsche engineers have worked tirelessly to design vehicles that deliver thrills both on and off the track, paying close attention to a number of characteristics. However, one of the most critical components of your Porsche is the one that actually comes in contact with the road — your tires.
In addition to playing a role in how well your vehicle handles in dry conditions, your tires are essential for staying safe and ready to react when the road surface is slippery. Especially important for harsh weather conditions like you’ll find here in Pittsburgh, PA — considering a dedicated set of winter tires can make a world of difference in both your safety and how well your vehicle performs in colder temperatures. Sewickley Porsche has created this in-depth guide that explains the lengthy list of advantages and benefits that you’ll enjoy from fitting your Porsche vehicle with a set of winter tires.
First and foremost, not all types of tires are created equal. There’s a good chance that you’ve heard of “all-season” tires. All-season tires are designed to offer some combination of extended tread life, decent ride quality, fuel economy, and traction in both dry and wet conditions. However, this doesn’t mean that all-season tires are the best solution for all types of weather. In fact, the opposite is often true. They tend to harden in colder temperatures, reducing their ability to grip the road surface and compromising your safety.
Winter tires are constructed with specialized rubber compounds that resist colder temperatures to help them better respond to freezing rain, slush, ice, and snow. You can usually identify them by a snowflake symbol located on the sidewall of the tire. They also feature unique tread patterns to divert water and snow through dedicated channels to avoid hydroplaning. Many winter tires boast up to 25 to 50 percent greater traction and greatly reduced stopping distance compared to all-season tires. The graphic listed below helps to further illustrate this advantage.
To help you better understand this concept, consider the following analogy. You are walking down a slick, snowy driveway in the winter. Which type of footwear would make this task both safer and easier — thick snow boots or athletic running shoes? That’s exactly the same scenario that your vehicle faces when equipped with either winter or all-season tires.
Traction – Without a doubt, the most obvious reason to consider a set of winter or snow tires is their improved traction. Remember, there doesn’t even need to be snow on the ground for your traction to suffer. Summer tires or all-season tires use harder rubber compounds that are more susceptible to hardening in colder temperatures, leading to reduced traction in temperatures below just 40 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll stay safer and enjoy better handling by equipping your Porsche with a set of winter tires.
Extended Summer Tire Life – Since your summer wheels and tires are no longer on your vehicle year-round, they won’t need to be replaced as often. You’ll enjoy precision handling in the summer and confident handling in the winter by having two dedicated sets of wheels and tires.
Protect Your Alloy Wheels – Instead of subjecting your stylish alloy wheels to harsh winter weather conditions, potholes, and road debris — consider a set of winter wheels and tires. Winter tires generally have larger sidewalls and a higher profile than summer tires, giving you more protection from road hazards and potential damage.
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